Athletic Lab is made up of a diverse group of goal-oriented and hard-working individuals. That’s why we take a moment each month to highlight one (or more) of our members in our member of the month feature. For the month of January, we’ve chosen Jack Flood. Jack is a member of the Athletic Lab Track Club, and recently set lifetime personal bests for his total score (5,460), 60m, shot put and pole vault to take 2nd place overall and qualify for the USA Track & Field Indoor National Championships. Several weeks later, Flood improved in the shot put again and broke his club record in the event for the 2nd time in as many meets with a throw of 14.69m. You can check out our previous members of the month here.
Name: Jack Flood
What city were you born in? Blue Point, NY
How did you first hear about Athletic Lab? I first heard about Athletic Lab back in late June after viewing a video on Devin Cornelius’s Instagram. I saw he was still training for the Decathlon and I instantly went to the website. I saw what Eric Broadbent did and knew this would be the right fit for me. I then planned out a way on how I was going to move down (to NC). Coincidentally, my older brother Zach lived in Holly Springs, so in September, I decided to move down to begin training.
What do you enjoy most about competing post-collegiately? No difference to me, I really love competing.
What competition stands out the most to you and why? Competing in a Heptathlon in early December at Kent State University stands out most to me. To go out with the goal of qualifying for the USA Indoor National Championship in my first meet as a post-collegiate athlete and executing meant a lot to me. I have been working extremely hard since September and coming in, I knew I could do it. I was battling some hamstring issues the whole month of November too, which limited some training for me. So, conquering any doubts I had going into the meet was a huge personal victory. Also, having fun with Matt Hunter, Devin Cornelius and hype man John Evans made the meet that much better.
What motivates you? What motivates me is to be the best version of myself in all areas of life, not just Track and Field.